RIP Davy Jones, Monkees Singer And Pop Idol

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Davy Jones, lead singer of '60s pop sensations and television band The Monkees has died at the age of 66 in his hometown of Indiantown, Florida, according to the Martin County medical examiner's office. He suffered a heart attack.

The Monkees were created initially to be a sort of "safe" Beatles by record and TV producers in 1965, but ended up making hit singles, a cult TV series, and a film, 1968's Head, which would prove to be one of the first salvos of the psychedelic era. The film stands even today as one of the freakiest artifacts of that era.

The group broke up in 1971, and reunited in the mid-'80s around the time Nickelodeon began re-airing their series. They went on a few tours, sans Michael Nesmith who never warmed up to reunion plans, though he did help out on a new album in 1996 and a small UK tour in 1997.

The list of the Monkees hits, staples of oldies radio, is immense. "I'm A Believer," written by Neil Diamond, was one of their most enduring, along with their stomping debut "Last Train to Clarksville." They also could make the girls swoon with cuts like "Daydream Believer" and "The Girl I Knew Somewhere". Just ask Marcia Brady...

The group was deceptively poppy, hiding weirdo treasures on their later albums, like 1967's Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. which still stands up next to works from the Yardbirds and the Animals. And yes, The Jimi Hendrix Experience once opened a string of dates for the Monkees.

Anyone who thinks they were a pure pop confection is only half-correct. They managed to wrest some control over their music and blossomed, becoming hipster cause celebs by the '90s.

The group first came to Houston in 1967 with a date at the Sam Houston Coliseum on August 10, and returned to the venue on May 4, 1969. Their 1986 reunion tour made it to the Southern Star Amphitheater at Astroworld that June 27. No other Houston dates followed on their next handful of reunion tours.

Their '60s heyday set lists sought to showcase the personalities in the group, with some sets featuring solo cuts from each member and a variety of covers that challenged their young crowd. Harry Nilsson's "Cuddly Toy" was included on a 1968 set list.



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45 comments
Tabmgmt
Tabmgmt

I met Davy 20 years ago, at Lindy Goetz (ex Chili PeppersMgr) Office. Since most the Monkees did not actually play their instruments,they had a live band that played behind a curtain, at their concerts in thelate 1960’s.  Lindy was the drummerin the band that played behind the curtain and he introduced me to Davy and wespent an afternoon, smoking Hash and telling rock n roll stories. At Lindy’srequest, I talked to Davy a few times about working with him, but nothingpanned out.  Rest in Peace myfriend.

Nancy Stamey
Nancy Stamey

RIP Davy I had such a crush on him when I was a teenager

Classic Rock Bob
Classic Rock Bob

I was at that 1986 show at the Southern Star Ampitheatre (The Grass Roots, Gary Puckett and - I believe - Herman's Hermits were also on the bill) with a lot of high school friends. Almost didn't make it because my car broke down on the way - but a friend's mom came through! Glad I did make it. Also, Mike Nesmith did play one date with with them on that reunion tour, at the Greek Theatre in L.A.

Jll
Jll

R.I.P......Davy.....I so remember The Monkeys on Hulabaloo......you will be missed.

De
De

tell me it's not so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wayne hunt
wayne hunt

R.I.P  Davey, you guys used to make me laugh

d.l.b
d.l.b

How sudden and unexpected I just loved him as a teen he was my idol. I went to see him with our daughter when she was in high school and it was all mothers and daughters that were there it seemed. Blessings to his current wife and daughters, RIP Davy.

heyman29323
heyman29323

"Head" was definitely a head scratcher and co-written by Jack Nicholson

PJ
PJ

I AM SURE HIS SECOND WIFE ANITA WHO HE WAS MARRIED TO FOR 14 YEARS WILL HAVE BEEN SHOCKED ON GETTING THIS NEWS.ALONG WITH HER FRIENDS HERE IN FAREHAM UK

Danandlynnjones
Danandlynnjones

RIP Davy Jones...you took your last train & you're home now.  May God rest your soul. 

connie
connie

Davy was my first crush on a music person, loved his accent. RIP Davy.

AdrianeH
AdrianeH

Oh I had a mad crush on him circa 1974, '75 Rest in Peace Davy.

Delores
Delores

R.I.P. Mr Davey Jones.   Thanks for the Memories.

Patty
Patty

I will Davy, he was from my time growing up and will long be remembered Im sure!

Simon Philips-Hughes
Simon Philips-Hughes

Cheer up Sleepy Jean, I'm a Believer. RIP Davy Jones; thanks for all the music... and Austin Powers.

Watts
Watts

Jones was still a big drawl on the oldies touring circuit,

Imabeliever
Imabeliever

I have tickets to see him perform in Wisc. Dells on March 11th...I'm so, so sad-he was my teen crush

notimetom
notimetom

Thanks for the memories Davey, rest in peace, you'll not miss owt in this world !!

Wendy F
Wendy F

We just went to a girls night out and saw three of The Monkees live at Genessee Theater in Waukegan, IL less than a year ago in 2011.  I must say Davy was in top form and his singing was wonderful!  The same with Mickey Dolenz!  Rest in peace we will all miss you and you gave us many years of joy!  Thank you, Davy.  Condolences to your family.

Cal Hansard
Cal Hansard

One of the first I had a crush on as wee girl

Cal Hansard
Cal Hansard

One of the first I had a crush on as a young girl. :-( 

Pakeddoc
Pakeddoc

LOVED his Indiantown, Florida accent.

Azcowgirl6
Azcowgirl6

I used to be friends of he and former wife Linda having them over for birthday parties and playmates almost 40 years ago. So sorry to hear this!

Denny Tedesco
Denny Tedesco

Another loss.  Thoughts to the family and friends of Davey.

ELS49
ELS49

AH SAD NEWS THEM MONKEYS WAS THE BUSINESS ALWAZ MONKEYING AROUND GOD BLESS DAVY

No1princess1976
No1princess1976

i loooove the monkees :-( he definately will be missed

MASTEN728
MASTEN728

OOO MY MY....PRAYERS OUT TO ALL THE FAMILY..HE WAS MY HEARTTHROB..

Jack Damn
Jack Damn

Sad. Farewell Mr. Jones, and thanks for all the monkeys.

BrandoC
BrandoC

Didn't he just celebrate a birthday? Or am I getting my Monkees mixed up? RIP.

rogerscorpion
rogerscorpion

 Rob Grill, the lead singer of the Grass Roots, died in 2011, after falling during a performance.

Retirement-Rocks
Retirement-Rocks

At first I thought this was a typo for 'draw' but as it also appears in the article, I guess it's an Americanism.

Richard Gryzenhout
Richard Gryzenhout

From a Circus Boy to a Monkee he will be missed.He is nowon the Last Train To Clarksville.

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RSJ
RSJ

Yes, I believe he did at the end of December. Nesmith and him share a birthday.

SuziPie
SuziPie

NO! He wasn't the Circus Boy, that was Mickey!  }:o(   Don't mix your Monkeys!

Jackie
Jackie

December 30th. I am proud to share the same b-day in such good company!

rogerscorpion
rogerscorpion

 It's 'Monkees'---not 'Monkeys'. Someone might be interested that someone named Jack Nicholson co-wrote 'Head'.

rosa
rosa

he was a professional jockey before and after the monkeys he rode horses for the queen of englands stable

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